Day 29 Origami Inflatable Ball Tutorial

When I was a little girl, I used to amuse myself by borrowing origami books from the library, and following the instructions to make cool shapes. It never ceased to amaze me how a piece of paper could be folded into a frog, or once, even a high heeled shoe. One of my personal favourites that I know off by heart is an inflatable ball. The instructions are below. I apologise if the instructions aren’t 100% clear, though the photos should help.

Start off with a square piece of paper.

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Fold it in half

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Fold it in half again

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Open up one flap of the folded piece of paper

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Pull down the top corner and flatten it into a triangle

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Turn the piece of paper over

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Do the same to the flap, and flatten it into a triangle

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Take one corner and fold it upwards, lining up the bottom with the line in the middle

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Fold the outer edge into the middle

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Fold the top corner down and line it up with the previous fold

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Fold it down over the line in order to make a crease

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Turn the paper so that it is pointing towards you and open up the little pocket

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Tuck the creased edge into the pocket

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Do the same to the other side

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Flip the paper over and repeat the previous steps

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Pick up the paper and turn the corner with the hole towards you. I used a pen to make the hole slightly bigger so that blowing into it would be a bit easier

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Blow air into the hole, and the ball should inflate

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Happy folding! 😀

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